For those of you going to FSG
we're going to have something new this year.
The Celestial Stag is an idea we're trying out as an experiment. We were inspired by Four Quarters Farm's Coffee Dragon and felt that the FSG community might really enjoy having a similar shared space. Our space will be on Merchant Row, near the white house and therefore close to one of the festival Short Bus stops.
(Who's "we"? Me, deboranter
, and a few others; a mix of longtime festival-goers/staffers and newcomers who have insanely and giddily banded together to bring forth this glorious abomination.)
We're building a public hangout space, a place where anyone can come to sit in the shade, relax, and enjoy the company of other festival-goers. We especially hope that this will be a place where people find it a little easier to strike up conversations and make new friends, and to feel like part of the FSG tribe. (Something that can feel intimidating at such a big event!) On our announcement board, you'll find official festival notices and updates, posted by the FSG organizers. The Stag also welcomes back the much-missed tradition of the "dry hot tub", a place for lounging and cuddling.
Our concept is a 'stone soup lodge'. What that means is that, although you'll find some books and board games and things already there, we hope people will bring things to share with others. Whether you bring snacks or art supplies or a new chant, whatever you contribute will help the Celestial Stag become-- in the words of the Morgan Tarot-- 'a perfect whatever it is'. A stone soup in a moment of space and time. A TAZ (that's Temporary Awesomeness Zone).
The space is also available as a location for small, spontaneous, OPEN events. Want to have a poetry slam, poker game, drum jam, sumbol, or Moosemas in June? Put it on the announcement board and have fun! See something interesting going on? Ask if you can play too-- it wouldn't be happening at the Stag if everyone wasn't welcome.
The CS is largely a 'swim at your own risk' space, but if you see someone wearing a Celestial Stag Staff badge, they're one of the Stag organizers and hosts. Feel free to ask them questions or to introduce yourself if you're feeling a little lost-- we're glad to try to make you feel more at home!
There will be coffee and other hot beverages available free of charge (donations always welcome in the tip jar) but ONLY when Stag staff is present. You can feel free to bring in whatever food or beverage you want (just please, show our space some love and clean up after yourself).
The Celestial Stag has one main rule: Be excellent to each other.
Also, Have fun.